Janet Muirhead Hill
Janet Muirhead Hill is the author of elevenpublished novels for children ages 8-14. She co-authored curriculum units to adapt the novels for use in classrooms and home schools.
Hill has presented many writing and publishing workshops across the state and in Colorado and Oregon. She is available to present workshops to fit one, two, three, four, or five days of instruction depending on the needs and time schedules of her sponsors and students. She has conducted many one-day school visits in Montana and Colorado, and has plans for longer residencies. She wrote and published comprehensive workbooks for use with her three, four, and five-day writing workshops. She is listed in the Artist's Registry of the Montana Arts Council.
Her published children’s and young adult novels include the award-winning Miranda and Starlight series of six books, Danny’s Dragon, a Story of Wartime Loss, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, and a trilogy about twins, separated at a young age and searching for each other. Kyleah’s Tree, a finalist for both the High Plains Book Award and USA Book News, Best Book Award, is the the girl twin's story. It's companion novel, Kendall's Storm, silver medal winner of the Moonbeam Award, is the boy twin's story. Kendall and Kyleah, is the third book of the series completes their story. Her most recent book is Call Me Captain a story about a 13-year-old rich kid who is both smart, and smart-mouthed searching for his place in the world—and finding when forced to "volunteer" in a homeless shelter.
Hill calls the writing she does “true fiction,” because, she says, “My goal is to tell the truth about the human experience, its dilemmas, natural responses, and emotions through fictional characters; characters children relate to; characters who will help them better understand themselves, giving them comfort and encouragement in their own lives.”
Ms. Hill spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors, her horses, and most of all her family, which includes eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She writes and publishes from her home office in rural Montana near the Madison River.
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The Body in the Freezer
A rich, arrogant teenage boy, meets a homeless girl with a secret. He is determined to learn what her secret is, but when he finds out, he wishes he hadn't. It changes the course of his life.
Kendall and Kyleah
Twins, separated by divorcing parents when they were four, have led very different lives in places hundreds of miles apart. Yet they have longed to find each other for the past eight years. This book continues each of their stories as circumstances and seeming tragedies lead their paths to cross a last.
Danny's Dragon: A Story of Wartime Loss and Recovery
9-year-old Danny can't believe his father's died in the Iraq war. He blames himself and his horse, Dragon, for his loss. His family, torn apart by grief, is losing their Montana ranch. Danny hates Denver and the large school where an Iraqi is his classmate. At first he wanted to hate his horse, but when Dragon is lost, he only wants him back. Dragon and a wise teacher help heal his broken heart.
Starlight Comes Home
Junior high is complicated. 13-year-old Miranda Stevens decides she prefers her equine friends—until Mr. Taylor, who owns the controlling half of Starlight, the country's fastest race horse, takes him to a horse sale without telling her. Or so she thinks. But if he didn't take her horse, who did? Mystery and angst, friendships won and loss, birth, death, heartache and joy test Miranda's courage.
Starlight Shines for Miranda
Twelve-year-old Miranda Stevens is late for her parents' wedding because of a mishap while riding her beloved black stallion, Starlight. Miranda races Starlight against the clock to raise money for a horse for Margot. When he wins, Mr. Taylor takes him to race in Texas. Starlight refuses to eat and loses weight until Mr. Taylor sends for Miranda to help. Adventure and discovery await her in Texas.
Starlight's Shooting Star
In this 4th book of the Starlight series, Miranda and her classmates become lost in a cave. Miranda saves Grandpa from being killed by a loco cow, but not before he is injured. Mr. Taylor hires a jockey, expecting Miranda to teach Starlight to accept him. Mom plans to marry Adam, Miranda's worst enemy. Wishing on Shooting Star, Queen's foal, seems to bring amazing answers to Miranda's problems.
Ten-year-old Kendall’s life is not only unpredictable; it's a mystery. Why can’t he and Dad live in one place more than a few months? Why the all-night drives, the tucked-away motels, always leaving things behind? What is Dad's job? Kendall only knows two thing for sure: He's afraid of just about everything—and Dad hates cowards. Can a rescued puppy and love from a stranger change his life?
Starlight, Star Bright
11-year-old Miranda Stevens secretly trains Starlight, the 3-year-old black stallion, whose wounds have healed. Miranda rides him and proves that he is the fastest horse Shady Hills Ranch has ever seen. But she must keep it secret. If his owner, Cash Taylor, finds out, he will never let Miranda buy him. When Starlight throws others who try to ride him, Miranda's hopes rise only to fall again.
In this sequel to Miranda and Starlight, ten-year-old Miranda Stevens takes it upon herself to rescue the black stallion Starlight, not once, but twice. While competing in a horse show against arch rivals, Christopher's mare, Queen, is attacked by a madman. When no one will believe Miranda that Starlight is in danger, she must find a way to save him on her own.
Miranda and Starlight
Miranda Stevens thinks that if she had a horse of her own, it wouldn't matter that she has to live with her grandparents and go to a school where she has no friends. She impulsively accepts a dare to ride an unbridled horse in a nearby field. The dire consequence of that action begins a chain of advenures that test her courage, spawns unexpected frinedships, and teach lessons in honesty and trust.
Wishing on the sunrise from her treetop refuge, eleven-year-old Kyleah clings to the hope of finding her twin brother and attaining beauty to please the father who abandoned her. When her foster parents bar access to her favorite tree, she runs away with her foster brother, Benjamin. They experience many narrow escapes and breathtaking adventures on their journey from Kansas to Moose Jaw, Canada.
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